Dad loves fishing!
John Theodore Leonard
  • 67 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 7, 1944
  • Place of birth:
    Pennsylvania, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 20, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Temecula, California, United States
John had a heart of gold and a smile as wide as the sea. He loved life, family and friends. Let the memory of John Leonard be with us forever.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, John Theodore Leonard, 67, born on July 7, 1944 and passed away on January 20, 2012. Please feel free to share stories, photos, or videos of your memories of him.  We will remember him forever.

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.  I'm following the path the Lord Jesus laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard his call, I followed Him and left it all.

I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way, I've found my peace at Heaven's gate.

If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.
The love we shared, a laugh, a kiss - Oh yes, I know these things you'll miss.

But please do not be burdened with the sorrow that you feel,
Instead, rejoice with me as I feast with my Saviour for our very first meal.

Surrounded by His glory, you can only imagine what I now see.                                                         So lift up your heart and know God wanted me now... He set me free."


Visitation:  Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 4:00 - 8:00 pm (El Camino Memorial - Sorrento Valley Chapel)                                                

Memorial Service:   Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm (El Camino Memorial - Sorrento Valley Chapel)

Funeral/Graveside Service:  Friday, January 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm (Miramar National Cemetary)

Please join us in honor of John Leonard at the reception following the burial (TBA).

Vistiation & Memorial Services at:

El Camino Memorial - Sorrento Valley Chapel
5600 Carroll Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 453-2121

Funeral/Graveyard Service at:

Miramar National Cemetery 
5795 Nobel Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122      ,+San+Diego,+CA+92122


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Dana Nelson on 20th January 2013

"Good morning Uncle John.  It's been a year.  I must tell you-You raised wonderful children (and many who were not yours by birth, but by love).  I wish we had lived closer.  Thank you for guiding Gram and Susan's Mom when they arrived in Heaven.  I hope Gram's not causing too much trouble up there!  I'm sure she's busy caring for the babies.  I love and miss you, Uncle Ed, Bump and Gram!!"

This tribute was added by JAMES C LAFOUNTAINE on 7th April 2012


This tribute was added by charles leonard on 3rd April 2012

"Dad, there's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you and miss you. I know I'll see you again, but I would really just love to hug you again. Thank you for being the most loving and proudest dad. When I look and stare at Charlize, Ashlee, and Chaz and become consumed with an overwhelming sense of love and pride, I can remember seeing that same look that would come from you."

This tribute was added by deb weed on 2nd March 2012

"I did not know John, I just saw this sight. He was a happy man. I can tell how much he loved to fish. He was right not to grieve for him , because he has started a new life. So his loved ones have to start their life without him. I read the other tributes and he was greatly loved. Time to move on like he wanted. Every where you go you carry him in your heart.. R.I.P. John. Goodbye for now."

This tribute was added by Wayne Vanderhoff on 2nd February 2012

"I have not seen John for years but will always remember him.  He was my 1st cousin on the leonard side.  God be with you for always.
Wayne and Mary Vanderhofff"

This tribute was added by Rye Pascual on 28th January 2012

"We would like to extends our deepest sympathy with the Leonards for the lost of UNCLE JOHN., Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.. -- Myra Huliganga-Pascual (youngest of ARTHUR), Christopher and Zanji."

This tribute was added by Jan Napiltonia on 27th January 2012

"May the joy of memories bring peace to the Leonard family.  My deepest sympathies to you all.  --Jan (Ernie's Sister)"

This tribute was added by Caren Pence on 27th January 2012

"You have our deepest sympathy over your recent loss.  His memories will be with you always.  
Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.  
May you find comfort in your many memories of a lifetime shared with love and laughter,
Love, Adam, Caren, Mackenzie and Madison Pence"

This tribute was added by Walter Garrison on 26th January 2012

"John & I were stationed together in VF-211 & VF-151. We worked together etremely well and were close friends. Although I hadn't contacted John in recent years he was always in my thoughts. John you will be missed and rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Walter Garrison on 26th January 2012

"John & I were shipmates in VF-211 & VF-151 and he was a very close friend although we haven't seen each other for many years he was always in my thoughts. Squeeky you will be missed."

This tribute was added by Dave Chambless on 25th January 2012

"Having met John only a couple of times, I can only imagine how large a heart of gold John had, but I do remember his smile, and yes, I agree,  it seemed as wide as the sea.

Having enjoyed working with Susan for some time, I too can feel her sense of loss and she is in my prayers."

This tribute was added by ella johnson on 25th January 2012

"I'm sorry I did not know John, but I do know most of his PA family. His sister Pat has been a very dear friend for a long time and I love her dearly. If John was anything like Pat he surely had a lot of friends and touched a lot of lives.  RIP John"

This tribute was added by Nor O'Gara on 25th January 2012

"We will forever remember the fun times we had with John & his wife, Susan. We are all Blessed to have known both. John & I always seem to have so much to talk about. "I am so sorry, JOHN, for not allowing you the time to be heard...or did I?  You have been a true friend to us. Our Destiny, also, is headed to Heaven at the same time you did.  We ♥ you & will be missed but not forgotten!!!"

This tribute was added by Dana Nelson on 23rd January 2012

"I will always remember my Uncle's smile and laughter!  He had a caring and generous spirit!  He will be missed.  God chose a special angel."

This tribute was added by bill krogh on 23rd January 2012

"My wife and I had the privelidge of knowing John for the last five years.
He always had a smile and made us laugh whenever he stopped to chat. He was so proud of his family and always had a great sense of humor.It was a plaesure to have known him and he will be missed."

This tribute was added by William Robbins on 22nd January 2012

"I am a neighbor of John and his wonderful family. I have very very fond memories of him. He would ALWAYS have a smile and a chat as we would cross paths. I can hear his laughter, his passion for life and his wonderful kind words. I know I will miss him very much as now our neighborhood is minus a dear friend. Goodbye for now John. I KNOW I will see you, again, but this time in Heaven."

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